Book Club Kits at the Pierson Library
Looking for new ideas for your upcoming book discussion group? Check out the selection at the Pierson Library! We have an ever growing collection of book group kits ranging in size from 5 copies up to 10 copies of a single title. Patrons may request to borrow a kit from the library and circulate them amongst your book group. Our book club kits are also available for check out by other libraries. Please inquire at the circulation desk if a specific kit has been requested for a specific date. We also have book club kit bags available upon request to assist with transporting and returning the books to the library.
Anti-Racism Resources and Reading List
* indicates this title is also available as an ebook on Overdrive/Libby.
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi*
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo*
- White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo.*
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Democracy in Black by Eddie Glaude Jr.
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates*
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Heavy: an American Memoir by Kiese Laymon*
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou*
- Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson*
- Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
- The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch
- Stamped From the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi*
- The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson*
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones*
- The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray.
- The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley*
- New England White by Stephen L. Carter
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*
- Cane River by Lalita Tademy
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi*
- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead*
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates*
- Do The Right Thing – The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise
- I Am Not Your Negro – Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
- If Beale Street Could Talk – A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.
- The Hate U Give – Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr tries to find her voice in order to stand up for what’s right. Based on the book by Angie Thomas.
- Malcolm X – Spike Lee's masterpiece based on the book "The autobiography of Malcolm X" as told to Alex Haley.
- Selma – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.
For Teens and Children
For Teens - Fiction
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
- Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal & Kimberly Jones
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas*
- Black Like Me John Howard Griffin**
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson*
- Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the front lines of the civil rights movement by Ann Bausum
- Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly*
- Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi*
Kids Picture Books:
- Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her. Reading/Interest Level: Ages 4-9
- Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A celebration of the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in, when four college kids staged a peaceful protest for racial equality during the civil rights movement. Reading/Interest Level: Ages 6-12
- March On! by Christine King Farris - Christine King Farris describes how her brother, Martin Luther King, Jr., prepared for his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C.
- Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson
Introduces young readers to the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. Reading/Interest Level: Ages 5-9
Kid's Chapter Books:
- Blended by Sharon M. Draper
Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Reading/Interest Level: Ages 8-12
- How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons
Eleven-year-old Ella seeks information about her father while enjoying a visit with her mother, a jazz singer, in Boston in 1944, then returns to the harsh realities of segregated, small-town South Carolina. Reading/Interest Level: Ages 8-12
- Sounder by William Armstrong
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder. Level: Ages 8-12